Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Wind

Now that we are hopefully nearing the end of our windy season I want to relay a wind story to those of you that never experience the type of wind we have here. When I lived back east, if we had winds of 50MPH we thought the world was going to end. Here we don’t even notice the wind until it gets over 70MPH.

I once heard a story from someone that lives on the Central Oregon Coast. He told me of his neighbor who has a house on the dunes overlooking the beach. The neighbor was burning logs in his fireplace on a windy day. His wife came home and opened the front door the ensuing wind that came through the door lifted the logs out of the fireplace and right up the chimney and shot them like a cannon out onto the beach.

That pretty much explains our windy season here on the Oregon Coast.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of hot air to me...


5:25 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I've lost many a good hat on Oregon beaches. Good thing I never wore a propeller beanie, i could have ended up in Omaha.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Shelly Rayedeane said...

I laughed when I read this. It reminds me of the story my mother told me when she was going to college in Nevada. Her and two other students left during lunch and were warned about the high winds outside. Needless to say, my mothers two friends were both about 100 pounds each.

When they walked out the door, the wind blew both of them so hard they literally rolled down the street. My mum was lucky to have grabbed onto a nearby street lamp at the time and was able to move from street lamp to street lamp to go and rescue her friends.

Lucky for my mom, she was a fatty at the time!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Irish Gumbo said...

Logs out the chimney! Too bad there's no video...that would be awesome!

As long as no one got hurt, of course.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I am not enjoying the wind chill factor here but at least there aren't gusts up to 70MPH!

(yeah, i'm back...finally...)

3:16 PM  
Blogger qandlequeen said...

I remember growing up in Oregon and having a rather persistent "breeze". To this day I am dumbstruck at the absolute lack of air movement in St. Louis. It does explain the stagnant aura during the summer though.

My kids still talk about the time we camped on the beach in Oregon a few years ago. I swear the tent was slanted the entire night and the only reason we didn't blow away was because we were behind a huge hedge of some sort.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

Aye, and 'tis a badge of honor to have been here for the storm of 2007. Great Gale my ass.

12:48 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Moose, we aren't talking about those pansy Nor-Easterners you get out there. We are talking winds that move rocks out here.

Darev, that would be a sight. But you are right. There are some beaches here that are windy even on a foggy day.

Shelly, and your story reminds me of a story of a local lawyer who was wearing one of those wrap around skirts. She went out to her car and bu the time she got there the wind had removed her skirt and she had to go back inside to get another outfit.

Irish, it happened during the night in Waldport. No one was harmed. There are few people ever on that beach in the day light hours. Too damn windy there.

Beth, that kind of wind could drive an icicle right through you. Welcome back, Darlin.

Quandlequeen, Did you notice that most of the trees seem to be growing sideways as well. Walking through some trails here at Delaura Beach one always feels somewhat off kilter.

Mo3, I agree, Great Gale doesn't seem fitting for 100 MPH winds that last for three days. I hope to never see another storm like it in my lifetime.

5:24 AM  
Blogger qandlequeen said...

YES! I DID notice the sideways trees! I'm still pissed that I didn't get a proper picture - it was a constant scene driving down the PCP.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pansy schmanzie...We get 200mph winds here called suests for south westers...west coast woosies.


7:25 AM  
Blogger Guy said...

qq, good reason to return.

Moose, if it's so bad how come there are trees still standing?

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well for one thing, the trees in Cape Breton are stunted compared to the west coast and adapt to the constant wind stress with tenacious roots. Somewhat like us Maritimers...


9:26 AM  
Blogger Guy said...

Stunted eh? You must be referring to the French half ; )

9:47 AM  
Blogger g said...

Taking notice means making sure the generator is full. Since I tend to build things to survive big wind and earthquakes, I'm not so worried about damage to my structures.

10:44 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

g, they can withstand Brownsmead mud, too.

11:46 AM  

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